DTM: Green takes victory in race 2 at Hockenheim
The Audi driver Jamie Green scored his 14th victory in DTM championship after winning the race 2 at Hockenheimring.
Audi drivers did much better in Sunday’s qualifying but Timo Glock in BMW was the one who won the pole position in front of the ’Four rings’ drivers Rene Rast and Jamie Green. Edoardo Mortara in 4th was the best of Mercedes drivers. The winner of the exciting Saturday’s race Lucas Auer started from P8 while the reigning champion Marco Wittmann again disappointed after he started from the penultimate position.
The start of the race was marked by the contact of Loic Duval and Robert Wickens who crashed into the barriers and both were out of the race. In a meantime, Rast had a horrible start and dropped to the 13th place, while Green and Mike Rockenfeller were on P2 and P3 respectively. The safety car was deployed for the first time this season and after the restart the standings were completely changed.
Green was at the top of the grid, followed by Auer, Bruno Spengler, Glock, and Mattias Ekstrom. Unfortunately, Jamie Green got a 5-seconds pit stop penalty for inaccurate grid position at the restart. During the restart Rast and Maxime Martin also had a contact and soon they both were forced to retire.
Light rain has started some 30 minutes before the end of the race what caused problems to some drivers. For example, Mortara spun but was able to return. The rain caused that most teams had to change their tactics and to pit for wet tires. After all cars completed mandatory pit-stop, Green still was the race leader, with a big margin to Wittmann, Gary Paffett, and Auer.
With 10 minutes to go, Green was in the race of its own. Paffett had a solid advantage to Wittmann and considering the conditions, it was obvious that only some major mistakes could force changes in the standings. So, Green scored a maiden victory of the season and again we saw all of three manufacturers on the podium after Paffett and Wittman finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
The second round of 2017 DTM championship is scheduled for May 20-21 at Lausitzring.